Massive 5,500 Acre Hunting Ranch | The Wilderness Reserve

The Ranch

Formerly known as the Smoky Lake Reserve, The Wilderness Reserve continues Founder P.C. Christiansen’s philosophy of preserving and encouraging the longstanding tradition of hunting and fishing. For over 5 decades  this reserve has been one of the largest historic and premier hunting preserves in the United States.

Our dedicated team strives to rejuvenate and enhance this magical property, keeping the wilderness experience available to all. See for yourself how this historic wilderness will capture your heart and inspire your soul.

Largest Historic Hunting Preserve Smoky Lake Phelps

World-class big game hunting in a convenient Midwest location!

5,500 Acre Property

With 5,500 acres of quality managed habitat, The Wilderness Reserve hunting estate provides hunters with a challenging, natural and unrivaled environment for their trophy Elk, Whitetail, and upland bird hunts. The vast acreage of this preserve allows Elk and Whitetail to roam freely through the forests, marshes, and fields giving hunters the challenge of a fair chase hunt.

Experience the wilderness in it’s natural state, preserved through time. Explore miles of trails, forests, and lakes to capture exciting, panoramic vistas while you enjoy the outdoor activity of your choosing year-round! The tranquil, picturesque landscape offers a serene escape from the distractions of everyday life. Discovering this timeless treasure will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

5 Private Freshwater Lakes

Panfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and musky fishing!

Imagine spending the afternoon drifting on the waters of a secluded lake, with miles of pristine wilderness separating you from the rest of the world!

  • Bear Lake
  • Elk Lake
  • Lake Wilderness
  • Whitetail Lake
  • Wolf Lake

With the breathtaking forest scenery and crystal clear waters, these lakes are ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Enjoy a picnic on the boat, or take an evening ride to appreciate a spectacular sunset. Keep your eye out and camera ready for Northwoods wildlife, as painted turtles frequently bathe in the sun and trophy elk and whitetail visit the shores.

View topographic lake maps of the lakes at The Wilderness Reserve.